BuckleDown Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,103
Ranked #8,328
4.18 | pDev: 5.98%
BuckleDown Brewing
Illinois, United States
Notes: Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 27 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The mouthfeel here is amazing. Warm, smooth, rich, and really takes on the whiskey barrel characteristics. Though a lighter body, you will drink this slow. It resonated with the cheeks like whiskey does. Taste has earthy and roasted tones that give way to a huge caramel and whiskey flavor, with some molasses and raisin mixed in for good measure. Smell is what I thought this beer would be like, super boozy, with some cocoa, licorice and caramel. While this was fine, I am glad that taste and feel took it to the next level... significant improvement

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REVZEB from Illinois, Apr 06, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz can on January 1, 2019. Aged in Kentucky whiskey barrels for six months, this stout boasts roasty flavors and notes of coffee and chocolate. It's rich mouthfeel supports the hint of bourbon and a smooth warming finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, canned on 11/07/18. 11.5% ABV is listed on the can. Pitch black body with a tall light brown head that holds great retention; thick chunky lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma is boozy, woody, bourbon, and rich dark chocolate. Delicious flavors that are well balanced between boozy bourbon, rich dark chocolate, dark fruity esters of cherry & berry, vanilla, oak, caramel, earthy hops - not too sweet, not too boozy, not too much bourbon. Full body, smooth and warming, lower carbonation, sticky on the palate with dark chocolate and lingering. This was a wow for me and easily exceeded expectations. The fruity esters and the bold dark chocolate notes really did it for me. Best beer I've had from this brewery by far. A+

2/1/2020 - revisited. Too much bourbon, thinner mouth feel. Still very good, but not as much of a wow factor.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Dec 07, 2018
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3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$ 6.67 (Including shipping)/12 oz can ($ 0.556/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Unable to locate bottling or BB date. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, some effervescence.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.6 cm, controlled center pour), dark tan, dense with rocks, average retention time, diminishing to a two to four mm ring fed a couple of places by effervescence, a thick complete layer with a few rocks, and some irregular lacing formed as the head retraxts.
Lacing – Very little additional lacing as the level drops – just some slight lengthening of the lacing left from head retraction.
First pour – Dark brown, nearly opaque.
Aroma – 4 – Cocoa, roasted malt, faint bourbon.
Flavor – 3 – Begins with a slightly bitter light chocolate. Ends with some bourbon and a slight gastric warming. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.25 – Full, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.25 - In both palate and appearance, this brew is somewhat more of a Russian Imperial Stout than an Impy stout. It certainly smells like something I’d want to drink! But then comes the actual consumption. Disappointment. This is no more flavorful than Impy stouts at half the price. A little chocolate, a little post-consumption gastric warming. $ 70 more per case then Ten Fidy? No, thank you.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Apr 01, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a can, extremely dark brown with a brown head that fades quickly leaving a small ring and an oily looking glass.
S: Barrel, roasted malts, licorice and cocoa.
T: Mildly boozy, raisin, molasses, toffee, and hint of coffee.
F: Thick body, pours like a Ten-Fidy, smooth and creamy.
O: My 4th beer from Buckledown out of Lyons, Illinois. These guys seem to have it nailed it. I see a tap room visit in the near future.

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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois, Jan 13, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz undated can poured into a pint glass shows a 'significant' 2in fluffy milk chocolate head floating above nearly purple-black oily, murky, body and leaves only sporadic lacing. The fluffiness settles to a tightly-bubbled cap that is sustaining.

Aroma and flavors are a beautifully delicious combination of booze, cocoa, and roastiness. The flavor seems to disappear at the back of the mouth leaving just some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is full, but doesn't get to the tongue-coating oilyness I wanted. The finish is almost clean and gone.

Overall this is significant. Beautiful to see, smell, and taste. The can states it is 11.5% abv.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Nov 24, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

probably my favorite so far of the beers shared with me by dankacheese, this is a really impressive stout, and the name is right, it is plenty significant in stature, its got a huge body, a lot of alcohol, and a ton of flavor. aged in old forester whiskey barrels for a period of time, this thick deep molten chocolate brown colored brew has an incredible aroma of freshly drained whiskey barrel, with the char, the sweet corn, vanilla, and wet wood all there right away, meshed beautifully with an earthy and enormous malt base that has a fresh baked character but also a relaxed maturity for being as young as it is. lots of dark chocolate along with the roasted barley, a fresh espresso note, and a lot of whiskey in the flavor but less sweetness than many of these have, its very honest beer it seems to me, very well crafted and high quality, and it feels huge, smooth, and fancy to me as i drink it with my buddy. silky feeling and almost gentle for being so colossal. heavy oak in the finish, dark chocolate bitterness, and char. amazing beer from a brewery i had never heard of before, this was the best surprise in the box he sent, and one of my favorite big stouts i have had in awhile. wonderful beer, i need to get my hands on some more of their stuff!

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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had on 12/3/16, a few weeks after bottling.

Pours a deep brown, opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some loose lacing. The smell is roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, smoke, chocolate, light coffee. Great aroma. The taste also leads with roasted malts- more than the nose, bourbon, some oak and licorice, molasses, chocolate, raisins, less vanilla than the nose, a light bitterness throughout. Smooth, full bodied, appropriately carbonated.

This one is sneaky good. Not overly complex, just really flavorful and well balanced. Glad I still have another.

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stortore from Illinois, Apr 28, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is everything I want in a barrel aged stout. No overly dominant adjunct flavors. Just a simple example of what a barrel aged stout should be. Dark as night, bourbon drenched aroma, malty roasty stout, creamy thick mouthfeel and a healthy ABV to make ya feel good on a cold winter night. Or a nice rainy evening in May at my most recent tap offering that inspired me to complete the review. I will buy bottles of this time and time again. Happy I have one more bottle to sit on and see how this beauty evolves.

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Dankacheese from Illinois, Apr 05, 2017
Significant from BuckleDown Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 27 ratings